Guitars are surprisingly delicate instruments, so it’s surprising that no one has engineered a better way of protecting them in transit. Until now.
Traditional fabricated cases are shaped to suit a wide range of guitar brands and models, resulting in a loose fit. Loose fit and excessive movement transmit external knocks directly to the guitar inside. And their fabricated shell with single density foam do little to withstand loads typically encountered when touring or between gigs.
So Cobalt took a completely different approach. Applying the same thinking as modern bike helmets, we designed an integral moulded shell with a series of layers that provide calibrated force absorption and a tailored fit.
Through engineering analysis, CAD modelling and modern manufacturing processes, the design precisely supports the structural points of each Maton model and provides clearance zones around the guitar’s sensitive/resonance areas. In addition, internal air pockets are positioned throughout the case for cushioning, while the moulded polypropylene case forms a monocoque body, absorbing and dispersing external loads more evenly than fabricated cases.
2017 Premier's Design Award Finalist
Every element of the design including the tailored fit, moulded shell, air pockets and clearance zones was engineered to absorb force and protect the guitar through touring and shipping.
The sophisticated modular design of the Maton case means the inside of the product can be adjusted to custom fit other models and brands of guitar.
Unique Construction and Materials
Rather than conventional materials and methods, we looked outside the box for inspiration, like; motorcycle helmets for their snug fit; airbags for their calibrated absorption and; blow moulded bottles for their robust and lightweight shell.
During development we listened to guitarists to understand their known and subconscious needs. For example, the former led to placing the handle at the exact centre-of-gravity. The latter drove our purpose to make the case more protective of a treasured possession.
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